Heredia (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈɾeðja]) is a province of Costa Rica. It is located in the north-central part of the country. As a result, the province covers areas as diverse as the agriculture rich Northern plains as well as the more metropolitan areas like the city of Heredia located in the Central Valley. In addition, it boasts several major environmentally important areas such as the Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Sarapiqui River. To the north it borders Nicaragua, to the east is the province Limón, to the south the province San José, and to the west Alajuela. The capital is the city of Heredia.